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"This moment", Marco Taggiasco Brand New Album!


Four years after the acclaimed debut album Thousand Things, the long anticipated new CD from Marco Taggiasco is about to be released. Recording sessions have been done in Rome, Copenhagen and L.A. The album is titled This Moment and counts two unreleased tracks written by Eric Tagg and a remake of Orleans’ oldie You’ve Been Runnin’. Most of the tracks are performed again by Andrea Sanchini, which also contributes with two songs. Eric Tagg also features on the opening track, coming back in the studio after ten years of absence!

Among the special guests’ names pops up the one of David Pack, delivering us an incredible performance on the title track. Acclaimed Danish/American singer-songwriter Anne Marie Bush features on the beautiful adult-contemporary ballad April In My Heart. Her new release is expected at the end of spring and will contain a song produced by Marco.

"I wanted the album to be representative of different sides of my work - Marco explains - and having such great talents performing on this record gave me the best chance to do it. They are the real stars in this project".

This Moment will be available on CD Baby and iTunes starting from April 10.
You can hear some previews on the artist’s Official Website.

Peter Friestedt's L.A. Project part 2 NOW AVAILABLE!!


It has been a couple of long years in the making, but now the wait is all over, and believe us when we say that the wait has been more than worthwhile!

Zink Music and Peter Friestedt presents “LA Project II”, an album that features lead vocal performances by Joseph Williams (Toto), Bill Champlin (Chicago), Randy Goodrum, Lou Pardini (Koinonia), Bill Cantos, Michael Ruff and Stefan Gunnarsson. The latter is the voice behind the bonus track “Always On My Mind”, a song that only is featured on the Zink Music release of the album. And if the just mentioned isn’t enough, mastermind Peter has brought on an impressive list of friends and musicians to play on the album and on here we find Abraham Laboriel, John JR Robinson, Tris Imboden (Chicago), Tommy Denander, Ingemar Åberg and some of the above mentioned singers that also lend their instrumental talents to the album.

When it comes to mixing and mastering such a high-quality that “LA Project II” is, there is no other way than to go to with the best, so mixing was done by Ronny Lahti at Khabang & Location Studios while mastering was done in HDCD quality by well renowned Björn Engelman at Cutting Room in Stockholm - so expect nothing else than the best sound available!

The album consists of ten songs and Peter has amongst others co-written with Bill Champlin, Randy Goodrum, Brian Hobbs, Bill Cantos and Lou Pardini. Regarding the song-writing Peter says: “I have written some of my strongest material ever, I have been surrounded by great co-writers and I am very proud of the way the tracks turned out”. Peter’s extraordinary guitar work shines throughout the record, going from sensitive acoustic guitar and slick rhythm lines to blistering solos.

What makes this record irresistible is the combination of outstanding musical performances, state of the art song-writing and high quality production!

The album is available from the Zink Music website and from all retailers with a good sense for quality….

Doc Schneider "Second chances"


Famed Producers Ben Wisch and Jeff Jacobs lend a hand to this collection of Doc Schneider songs, performed by outstanding artists -- including Eugene Ruffolo, Lucy Kaplansky, Jon Allmett, Greg Ferguson, Cheryl Wilson, and Josie Aiello.
Schneider's first album "Choices and Chances", was his solo debut in his own voice and with his own guitar. For the new album, Schneider turns over a batch of 18 songs to the pros, and lets the pros do all the singing and playing. (Schneider sings only on the last track.) This album represents a second chance for his songs, old and new, in the hands of an all-star lineup. Ben Wisch has produced Marc Cohn (Walking in Memphis), David Wilcox (Home Again), Eugene Ruffolo (The Hardest Easy), and countless others. Jeff Jacobs is the keyboard player in Foreigner, and played for 5 years with Billy Joel. These talented musicians give their all to Schneider's songs and manage to make them sound like they fell straight out of the singer-songwriter treasure chest. For those who have dug in that treasure chest before and who have been moved by songs by James Taylor, David Wilcox, Dar Williams,Paul Simon, or really any song that aims at confessions and hopes of the heart set to music with an intimate delivery style, pull up some headphones, a glass of wine or two, and get ready to open up your heart.

Thanks to P. Holmstedt (Hemifran)

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Hans York "Young Amelia"


German-born, Seattle-based, Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hans York has quickly made himself a name as an extraordinary DADGAD player and strong, engaging performer with a distinctive style and an irrepressibly delightful and approachable manner. His intimate and distinctive voice draws comparisons to Sting, Paul Simon, Kenny Rankin or Michael Franks and captures the audience instantly with its honesty and clearness.

Hans accompanied Robert Palmer on German TV, toured as bassist with the New York Broadway Ensemble, played throughout Europe with master harp player Rüdiger Oppermann, and performed a Concerto as Soloist on fretless bass with the "Ars Quittilinga" Chamber Orchestra (Concerto written by contemporary German composer Thomas König). Hans York co- founded the German Worldmusic cult band Moka Efti and recorded three CDs with them. The third album, “Fata Morgana” features US saxophonist Charlie Mariano and producer/saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein (Vienna Art Orchestra).

Hans spent six months in Rio de Janeiro where he studied Samba, Bossa Nova and popular Brazilian music, an experience that upon his return to Germany, inspired his first solo album Hazzazar.

His 2008 album "Young Amelia" is a low-key gem showcasing York’s impressive acoustic guitar playing, appealing tenor and strong songwriting skills. His approach to the guitar blends jazz, folk and Classical European styles into a sound that’s both familiar and unique. Self-produced and recorded live in the studio in a mere two and a half days with the help of some talented friends (credits below), Young Amelia shows off York’s distinctive guitar sound, full of rhythmic and melodic flourishes that impress without overwhelming the songs. York favors open tunings, which give his playing an expansive feel, marked by full, round notes and chiming overtones.

"Young Amelia" takes you on a subtle journey to explore the hidden recesses of the human heart with outstanding musicianship and deep compassion. The set includes “Tell Me Why,” a jazzy, Brazilian flavored tune marked by York’s impressive fretwork; the classic swing of “Invocation,” which will be the album’s first single, where York drops a bit of tongue twisting vocalese worthy of Jon Hendricks into the mix, and the gently rowdy ragtime of “Never Been in Love,” a tongue in cheek celebration of life after a failed relationship. Other standout tracks include “Young Amelia,” a ballad full of melancholic poetry that investigates the heartbreaking tension between love and loss, youth and old age; “Snow,” a tune with a circular guitar melody that suggests swirling snowflakes; the elegant, measured ballad “Inner Windows;” the newgrass bounce of “Lifeline,” and “Letting Go,” a hushed meditation on the death of a parent with one of York’s most poignant vocals. York will be touring extensively to support Young Amelia, impressing audiences with his remarkable musicianship and low-key charisma.

Thanks to P.Holmstedt (Hemifran)

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Shane Alexander "The Sky Below"


Shane Alexander presents "The sky below", ten new songs recorded over two weeks during late September / early October in Los Angeles. Shane once again teamed up with LA production duo, Heroes & Villains, with whom he made his 2006 release Stargazer. Longtime sideman and co-conspirator, Chad Crawford appears on bass, Adam Benjamin on piano, and returning from Stargazer are: drummer Charlie Paxson (James Blunt, Colin Hay), multi-instrumentalist Billy Mohler (Macy Gray, Liz Phair), and Kim Bullard (Goo Goo Dolls, Tori Amos) on Hammond organ. Veteran producer / engineer / mixer Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Wallflowers, Chris Whitely, Trey Anastasio) mixed the record.

Stylistically, the new album has a sound all its own and features some of Alexander's best studio performances to date. There are more up-tempo songs than his previous effort, including the anthemic opener "Amsterdam", the driving "Difference of Opinion" and the groovy "Outside the Lines". After touring so much as a solo acoustic artist, Shane sought to get back to a "band sound" and something that could get a crowd moving. However, there are still the trademark acoustic ballads - the title track is a delicate, infectious song with soft finger-picked guitar and doubled vocals that whisper "all is as it should be" and the sunshine-infused "Coffee Kiss" will be sure to please fans of songs like "Valentine" and "Front Porch Serenade" from his two previous efforts

In 2007 Shane Alexander performed for the biggest audiences of his career when he opened SEAL's U.S. tour, in addition to his own touring in the US, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium. Nearly all of the songs from the Stargazer album were licensed for television, including: ABC's Brother and Sisters, Big Shots, and What About Brian?, ABC Family's Wildfire, CBS's Criminal Minds, FOX's Bones, MTV's Real World and Laguna Beach and shows and movies for Nickelodeon, and Lifetime – exposing Shane's songs to millions worldwide.

Thanks to P. Holmstedt (Hemifran)

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Foy Vance's new singles to be released on May 5th


May 2008 sees the release of two new tracks - both re-workings of tracks from "Hope", Foy Vance's debut album. Future Cut ( Lilly Allen, Dizzy Rascal, Kelis) co-produced and mixed a re-worked version of "Shed a little light" adding horns and organ to the gospel vibe of the original. A complete re-recording of "Be with me", produced by The Free Association a.k.a. David Holmes, carries Holmes' Trademark beats set against a jazzy, cinematic, southern gothic ambience studded with electronic swashes and synths.

Foy's debut album "Hope" was released last summer to wide critical acclaim. The Belfast Telegraph named Foy "The most important solo musician to emerge from Northern Ireland since Van Morrison" and the albulm recieved glowing reviews from publications as diverse as Uncut, Maverick, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail among many others.

Foy is actually touring intensively. Go to his myspace or Westcoast Rendez-vous (French version) for more informations!

Download Danny Wilde's "The boyfriend" for free!


Danny Wilde's first solo album featured a lineup that looks very much like that of the first Rembrandts album-with Phil Solem on guitar and Pat Mastelotto on drums. But the sound of The Boyfriend isn't quite what a longtime Rembrandts fan might expect. While the album features solid songwriting and Wilde's signature voice, The Boyfriend is a straightforward guitar rock album, and a pretty good one. The first single, Isn't It Enough, was a Top 20 rock radio hit, and would often be covered by live by Martina McBride and appeared Patty Smyth's album 'Never Enough'. The follow up, Body To Body also received heavy airplay from rock radio. Because Wilde jumped ship to Geffen Records shortly after the album's release, The Boyfriend was never issued on CD and has been out of print for years. But now you can download the album right here!

Chicago in concert in Paris this summer!


Chicago start a big tour with dates in Japan (Some dates with Huey Lewis and the News), in US (some dates with the Doobie Brothers) and will visit europe this summer. Chicago will play in Paris, France on july 29th, 2008 at Casino de Paris! Last time Chicago gave a concert in France was in 1976 with their big success "If you leave me now". Don't miss this event!!

Dates in Europe:
July 16, 2008 - Stuttgart, Germany - Stuttgart Jazz Festival
July 18, 2008 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus
July 19, 2008 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
July 21, 2008 - Horsens, Denmark - NY Theatre
July 22, 2008 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
July 23, 2008 - Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle
July 25, 2008 - Zurich, Switzerland - Kongresshaus
July 26, 2008 - Lucca, Italy - Piazza
July 28, 2008 - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Sporting Club
July 29, 2008 - Paris, France - Casino de Paris
July 31, 2008 - London, England - Motorshow Music Festival

Jeff Healey passed away. RIP


Guitarist and bandleader Jeff Healey dies in Toronto hospital
Following a lengthy struggle with cancer, Healey passes away on the eve of the release of a new blues rock album

Jeff Healey, arguably one of the most distinctive guitar players of our time, died on Sunday March 2 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto. He was 41, and leaves his wife, Cristie, daughter Rachel (13) and son Derek (three), as well as his father and step-mother, Bud and Rose Healey, and sisters Laura and Linda.
Funeral and memorial arrangements are pending.
Robbed of his sight as a baby due to a rare form of cancer, retino blastoma, and he started to play guitar when he was three, holding the instrument unconventionally across his lap. He formed his first band at 17, but soon formed a trio which was named the Jeff Healey Band.

After his appearance in the movie Road House, he was signed to Arista records, and in 1988 released the Grammy-nominated album See the Light, which included a major hit single, Angel Eyes. He earned a Juno Award in 1990 as Entertainer of the Year.
Two more albums emerged on Arista, with lessening success as the ’90s passed. Various “best-of” and live packages were released, and he recorded two more rock albums, before turning to his real love, classic American jazz from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s.
By then, however, Healey was an internationally-known star who had played with dozens of musicians, including B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and recorded with George Harrison. Mark Knopfler and the late blues legend, Jimmy Rogers.

A family man with a three-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter he preferred to stay close to home. “I’ve traveled widely before — been there and done that,” he told friends, determined to avoid the lengthy, exhausting tours that marked his life in his twenties and early thirties.
A long-running CBC Radio series saw him in the role of disc jockey — My Kinda Jazz was a staple for a while, but in recent years he had hosted a programme with a similar name on Jazz-FM in Toronto. A highlight of his broadcasts was always the use of rare — and rarely heard — music from his 30,000-plus collection of 78-rpm records.

As his rock career wound down as the millennium came, he recorded a series of three album of early jazz, playing trumpet as well as acoustic guitar in a band he called Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards. The most recent was It’s Tight Like That, recorded live at Hugh’s Room in Toronto in 2005, with British jazz legend Chris Barber as guest star.
At the time of his death he was about to see the release of his first rock/blues album in eight years, Mess of Blues, which is being released in Europe on March 20, and in Canada and the U.S. on April 22. The album was the result of a joint agreement between the German label, Ruf Records, and Stony Plain, the independent Edmonton-based label that has released his three jazz CDs.


"Mess of Blues" was recorded in studios in Toronto, with two cuts recorded at the Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse in Toronto and two at a concert in London England. The backup group on the upcoming CD — the Healey’s House Band — played with him regularly at the downtown Roadhouse, and at a previous club bearing his name in the Queen-Bathurst area.
Early last year, Healey underwent surgery to remove cancerous tissue from his legs, and later from both lungs; aggressive radiation treatments and chemotherapy, however, failed to halt the spread of the disease.

Despite his battle with cancer, he undertook frequent tours across Canada with both his blues-based band and his jazz group; he was set for a major tour in Germany and the U.K. and was to be a guest on the BBC’s famed Jools Holland Show in April.
Remembered by his musicians — and his audiences — for his wry sense of humour as well as his musical playfulness, Healey was a unique musician who bridged different genres with ease and assurance.

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